In what was without argument a completely symbolic move, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed the state up to support the Paris Accord.
The “We Are Still In” Letter reads:
Open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, and business leaders
We, the undersigned mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors are joining forces for the first time to declare that we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
In December 2015 in Paris, world leaders signed the first global commitment to fight climate change. The landmark agreement succeeded where past attempts failed because it allowed each country to set its own emission reduction targets and adopt its own strategies for reaching them. In addition, nations – inspired by the actions of local and regional governments, along with businesses – came to recognize that fighting climate change brings significant economic and public health benefits.
The Trump administration’s announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world’s ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States.
In the U.S., it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years. Actions by each group will multiply and accelerate in the years ahead, no matter what policies Washington may adopt.
In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors, representing a sizeable percentage of the U.S. economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.
It is imperative that the world know that in the U.S., the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses. Together, we will remain actively engaged with the international community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2℃ and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.
Eight other states also signed the letter, including California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.
All nine states, including North Carolina, have Democrat governors.
“We Are Still In” is reported as being a coalition of ‘businesses, cities, states and universities’. But who is running this coalition?
No contact information or details of who runs “We Are Still In” could be located.
This ‘coalition’ is likely being run by the U.S. Climate Alliance, led by Governors Jay Inslee (Washington), Andrew Cuomo (New York) and Jerry Brown (California).
North Carolina Governor Makes Worthless Symbolic Gesture
In what is becoming habit for the North Carolina Governor, an official statement from Cooper was posted to Twitter instead of to the Governor’s website:
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) June 6, 2017
“North Carolina knows that clean air and energy innovation are good for our economy and health, and we’re committed to continuing to lead in this area even if Washington isn’t,” said Cooper.
Cooper placing North Carolina on this list is a worthless and symbolic gesture aimed at a specific part of the state: his far left and progressive base.
NC Attorney General Josh Stein also added his name to the list of attorney generals supporting the Paris Accord.
Paris Accord – A Big Blank Check
Largely regarded as a blank U.S. check made out to the EU, the Paris Accord’s framework doesn’t include realistic reductions for the two largest emissions offenders – India and China.
How much money? Billions and billions.
Money would be collected into what is effectively a giant slush fund, called the “Green Climate Fund” at a rate of nearly $100 billion per year.
The point of this slush fund is to subsidize aid to poorer nations and the green energy movement.
It’s worth mentioning that before he left office, former President Obama transferred $100 billion of U.S. taxpayer money to the Green Climate Fund — without Congressional approval. Good luck getting that back.
The Paris deal also would have been a job killed for the United States. Estimates of the damage to the U.S. gross domestic product from $2.5 to $3.0 trillion by 2035. And that’s not even mentioning the loss of some 6 million jobs.
Paris Accord Does Nothing
The framework and implementation of the current Paris Accord would do nothing. Literally.
“The [Paris] deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate
“According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The impacts have been estimated to be likely to reduce global temperature rise by less than 0.2 degrees Celsius in 2100.” – MIT News Office, 6/2/17
The Paris Accord was, and continues to be, a bad joke in that it asks countries for non-binding climate change commitments. The punchline is the fleecing of citizens from dozens of countries.
What former President Obama attempted to do was to force all future administrations to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on climate change programs.
What’s worse, it’s come to light that the Obama administration made sure anyone blocking his climate agenda was dealt with through intimidation and firings.
But then there’s the small but very important detail:
The Paris Accord was a treaty.
As a treaty, it must be ratified by the Senate — and they haven’t done that nor is it likely they will.
That means former President Obama entered us into a deal symbolically, just like Governor Cooper has.